SA’s ‘Tarzan’ and his Japanese ‘Jane’ cause a sensation

2014-01-20 00:00

GEORGE — DeWet du Toit, better known as Tarzan of the Garden Route, is due to feature in a Japanese travel programme, which was filmed in South Africa in December.

Du Toit appeared with a Japanese “Jane”, Miss Imoto. The shoot took the pair to several game reserves — from Johannesburg to the Garden Route — where they were filmed with animals like a Siberain tiger, a python and elephants.

Miss Imoto is a Japanese comedian and actress who anchors the travel programme. Du Toit said they had to use an interpreter, as his Japanese is as limited as her English.

He become a YouTube celebrity with a series of self-made movies in which he stars as Tarzan.

Du Toit and his twin brother, Rudolph, also appeared in the recent film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which was filmed in South Africa.

The Japanese crew filmed Du Toit and Miss Imoto at the Faure railway station near Stellenbosch clad only in their animal print skins.

“The passengers thought it was very strange. Some of them even got off the train. But when they saw the camera team they relaxed,” Du Toit said.

At John Wagenaar’s private animal park near Loskop Dam in Mpumalanga the director tried to get Miss Imoto to ride on the Siberian tiger Hercules, but she screamed so much they constantly had to stop filming, said Du Toit.

“Hercules frequently had to be led away and given milk so that [the animal] could relax,” he said.

The screaming hit the high notes when Du Toit had to give Miss Imoto a python at the farm Elandskraal in Sedgefield.

She kept trying to touch the snake and then jerked her hands back. This kind of behaviour frightens the animals, said Du Toit.

He said the group’s visit to the elephants in Knysna went without the vocal performance and overall the filming was interesting, despite the anchor lady’s screaming.

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